QSC Grand Finale Webinar (& introducing ipro)

QSC Grand Finale Webinar (& introducing ipro)

QSC Grande Finale Webinar 2014QSC Grand Finale Webinar (& introducing ipro)

Well, this year’s Quick Start Challenge finished in the early hours of Thursday morning in the UK (1:30 am). As I’m no longer young and carefree, that was way too long passed my bedtime!

Waking some 6 hours later, I was still bleary eyed and needed at least a gallon of coffee before I began to wake up properly! Anyway, I slowly started to come round and eventually began to function.

Despite it being the Grand Finale of Quick Start Challenge 2014, there was still quite a lot of excellent content. Dean Holland sure does give fantastic value and over-delivered at a rate which was at least ten times the price of the course. This is Dean’s normal mode of operation and a standard by which his business operates – one of his “secret sauce” ingredients that has made him such a successful internet entrepreneur and millionaire.

Dean started off with a review of everything we had covered during the course, making sure that we understood and appreciated important fundamentals, such as KLT (Know, Like, Trust) and the “Success Metric” T+C=S (Traffic + Conversions = Sales).

He stressed the importance of KLT in establishing a relationship with visitors to one’s blog. No hype or BS, just honest and authentic writing, until visitors feel they have a rapport with the blogger and naturally establish the KLT metric of Know, Like & Trust. That’s when the Success Metric of T+C=S (Traffic + Conversions = Sales) comes into play.

To not understand and appreciate the importance of both metrics, means an unsuccessful and frustrating time for any aspiring Internet Marketer.

I would also add that these are important fundamental requirements of any business venture, whether on or off line. Without all of these basic components in place, any business would struggle to make sales.

Dean compelled us to commit both KLT and the Success Metric to memory and to base our IM ventures on the principles of integrity, honesty and authenticity enveloped within KLT.

Further strategies presented by Dean, that he uses in his own business, included his “Value Stack” Business Model, which is his own proven high converting sales funnel.

He spoke about traffic and how there are really only two ways of getting it.

“Free” traffic and “Paid” traffic. Dean stressed the importance of researching the reputation of “Paid” traffic vendors, before ordering “clicks” from them and how it is wise to spread the amount spent over a number of vendors. During my limited experience and previous research in this area, I have found out that the smart thing to do, is to order the minimum quantity of clicks as reputable vendors tend to over-deliver anyway.

The other important point about paying for traffic is the quality of the traffic and not the quantity. Targeted traffic is what you want, that is people who are already interested in your niche. Cheap Fiverr gigs will deliver quantity, but most of the visitors will not really be interested in your niche or just be “freebie” hunters collecting as much stuff as they can get and then immediately unsubscribing.

There may well be a lot of traffic, but in the IM world, it is known as low-quality.

“Free” traffic is not really free. It requires that you drive traffic to your website and that needs time. So, the difference between Paid & Free traffic is the spending of money or the spending of time.

Dean carried on delivering a lot more excellent content and strategies from his own business.

The big grand finale included some surprises from Dean.

Everyone who attended the live webinar was entered into a prize draw, to win one of three 60 minute sessions with Dean which could take the form of a direct consultation on the winners business, or an interview that the winner can record and sell as their own product.

An awesome prize that unfortunately I didn’t win, but warmest congratulations to those lucky people who did!

As usual, with any of Deans’ events, there was also something more.

He presented to us, something that has been dubbed “The Ultimate Six Figure Short cut“.

An exclusive and unique program called iPro that allows members – known as partners – access within his business and rights to sell his products with very generous commissions.

iPro is not advertised directly by Dean, all references I’ve found to it are mainly in the form of video testimonials or written about in the blogs of people within the program. All of them have said how much it has restored their faith in IM as a way to earn a living online and many have actually stated that they have indeed earned their first ever income! Their first four figure days are celebrated by Dean in their own exclusive closed Facebook group.

Within the members’ area of iPro, there is a wealth of in-depth training, covering many areas from traffic generation to Dean’s own proven and profitable business models. Acceptance into the iPro program is more than just handing over a sum of money. There is no guarantee of acceptance and before a price is even mentioned, the applicant is required to undergo an interview. I don’t know if there is just one interview or a series of stages, or whether it depends on a particular applicant. Although I have seen mention of a 90 minute interview.

Dean concluded the QSC with perhaps the biggest surprise, and announced that all of us have shown such consistent commitment and progress throughout the QSC, that he was prepared to waive the normal interview vetting process and allow us to access iPro at the Platinum level. I understand the levels are: Gold, Platinum, Elite and Master.

Entrance to the second level is pretty cool and yes, I did take advantage of the opportunity and I am just starting to work my way through the training.

I make no secret of the fact that my IM income efforts thus far are rather dire. Not-a-bean; zilch; nada; nothing have I made. But now, I have invested properly with Dean Holland, a well-known, proven and successful mentor.

I have added links below to QSC and another of Deans’ courses, Big Commission Blueprint (BCB), if you are interested in any of them. As for iPro, I’ll be documenting my progress – when I have time – as I work my way through the training.

Week 3 Challenge Done!

Week 3 Challenge Done!

Blog Profits Blueprint FREE Download

Free Download

Week 3 Challenge of QSC finally done.

It’s now Saturday and I have finally put the Aweber plugin on my blog, with what I think is quite a useful “ethical bribe” to hopefully tempt visitors to give me their names and email addresses.

There’s no specific reason why it has taken me all this time to complete the challenge, I guess it’s just the usual everyday chores that need to be done. I’ve also gotten used to the fact that the medication I have to take daily makes me so drowsy in the early afternoon that I have to take a nap for 2 to 3 hours.

So that always takes a slice out of my available time.

I thought about writing something myself to use as a free tempter to lure visitors to click the Sign Up button, but available time seemed to be less this week, so I’ve gone with a PLR ebook (with give-away rights, of course).

I spent some time looking through all the PLR material I’ve already got. I was going to go for something like a WordPress plugin at first and I had a couple lined up ready to go.

But then I came across this ebook, “Blog Profits”, which is quite substantial at 54 pages and a suggested selling price of $27. Usually with something of this suggested value and the useful information it contains, the PLR rights bar it from being given away – but not on this occasion.

I’ve been reading it myself and have found some truly useful information, so I decided to offer it as my free gift. The list below has been copied from the Table of Contents. If you are interested in owning this ebook, please fill out your name and email address and click the button labeled “Sign Up” in the side bar.

Introduction: Blog Profits
What Is Blogging?
Benefits of Blogging
Examples of Successful Blogs
What Should You Blog About?
Determining the Hottest Blog Topics
The Most Popular Blog Platforms

Creating Your First WordPress Blog
Registering Your Domain
Setting Up Your Web Hosting
Installing the WordPress Platform
Choosing Your Theme
Using Plug-Ins and Widgets
Adding About, Contact Us and Other Pages to Your Blog

Writing Your Blog: A Primer
How Often Should You Post?
Types of Blogs & Blog Posts
Developing Blog Topics

Monetizing Your BlogSecrets of Successful Blogging

 

To Your Success,

MIke

Week 3 of the Quick Start Challenge

Week 3 of the Quick Start Challenge

aweber & getresponse logosWeek 3 of the Quick Start Challenge

Already into Week 3 of the Quick Start Challenge. Can’t believe how quickly the time has gone by – means I must be enjoying it! I can certainly say that it has given me renewed vigor and has been the kick I have needed to properly resurrect the online journey I half heartedly started about 3 years ago.

This week’s challenge is to sign-up with an auto-responder company such as Aweber or GetResponse and to setup an opt-in form in a sidebar of my blog. The point of the exercise is to build a list of subscribers by giving away something of value in exchange for a visitor’s email address. The free “ethical bribe” as it is called, can be anything from an e-book to a video. As long as it is something that will attract visitors and is a more-than-fair exchange for their email address.

Whatever it is can be created from scratch or can be a (re-worked) PLR e-book or such like. PLR stands for Private Label Rights and products provided under PLR can be given away, sold and re-branded as your own work. However, it is important to confirm exactly which rights are allowed for a particular product. For example, some products cannot be given away and must be sold, usually for a price that must not be below a stated minimum, to preserve its value. Other products may state that they cannot be re-branded, re-named or claimed as your own work.

It is in your own interests and important to check exactly what can and cannot be done with a PLR product before it is offered on your site.

I didn’t take the OTO when I signed up for the QSC. It is called “Quick Start Challenge 2.0 Markets Package Pro – Done for You Program” and consists of a large number of products including Squeeze Pages, e-book giveaways, Articles, Graphics packages and much more, up to a total value of $1,212.

The cost is a fraction of the value, but the reason I didn’t take it myself is because in my previous online activities, including my “Bright Shiny Object” phase, I signed up to the PLR site “Resell Rights Weekly” and Dennis Becker’s membership site “Earn1KADay”. So I figured that I’ve already got access to all that kind-of stuff and it was about time I started to leverage what I have already paid for instead of buying even more stuff to fill my hard-disk with.

However, I have purchased the QSC 2.0 Reseller Program and will add it to my blog to hopefully make sales and gain affiliate commissions.

Also over the past 3 years, I have been a regular monthly contributor to Aweber. I say contributor because I have hardly used it as I know I really should. At some stage in the dim, dark and distant recesses of those past years, I did actually set it up and managed to capture some email addresses. But, alas it was really just an exercise in an early training course.

I’ll now have to dig around in the archived storage of my brain and try to remember how to set Aweber up properly.

Quick Start Challenge Week 2 Video

Quick Start Challenge Week 2 Video

Here’s my video for Week 2 of the Quick Start Challenge, which has also been uploaded to YouTube.

By profession I am an enterprise IT systems architect and I am used to presenting in front of client audiences. However, I haven’t done it for over 4 years now, since I had a breakdown in 2010. You may think that is quite a big thing to admit, especially since this is a public post, but the fact is that it happened to me just as it is happening right now throughout the corporate world.

I feel no shame about it, nor is it a sign of weakness. It is, in fact, just the opposite. Those that continue to strive for more and are willing to take on new challenges or responsibilities. Climbing the corporate ladder, always aiming for greater success, really listening to people and seriously trying to help them and their business overcome issues and problems. Trying to do too much, without even thinking of delegating to someone else.

These are my attributes and of all the other people out there that have also suffered. One day your mind, true inner-self, whatever… just throws up its hands and says ENOUGH!….THAT’s IT…..NO-MORE!…SHUTTING-DOWN…..NOW!!

Anyone reading this who has had this experience will know exactly what I mean.

In the 4 years that I have been away from work, I have grown facial hair and am no-longer a suit & tie wearing clean-cut executive with a cell phone permanently plugged into my ear!

I have learned a lot during these past years, through various therapies, books, yoga & meditation. I am now more in-tune with my “inner-self” than I ever have been.

The time is now right for me to do something different. My corporate days are now behind me and I am ready to reinvent myself in the world of Internet Marketing. With the Quick Start Challenge and the enthusiasm of Dean Holland’s teachings – not forgetting the awesome group of like-minded individuals who have also signed up for QSC – I have the momentum to progress and take action!